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Suspected armed bandits invaded the house of Aminu Papa the Chairman of Zamfara mass transit located in Mareri area of Zamfara state and abducted him.

A family source confirmed to this medium that the bandits armed with deadly weapons invaded the house of the politician around 11:00pm on Saturday and get entry to his house premises through the house fence.

“When they arrived they started firing gunshots all over and tried harder to bugle the get and gain access to the house but when they could not, they climbed through the fence and get access to him” the source added.

The source said while they were in the house of Aminu police tactical team moved Into the area and engaged the bandits in an exchange of gunfire, a circumstance that resulted to the rescue of his wife and her daughter.

“They initially abducted the wife and her daughter, but after exchange of fire with the police they abandoned the wife and the daughter and moved with the Chairman to their target destination”.

They later moved with him toward Karazau axis around the Federal University Gusau and attempted to escape with him to their choice location.

A member of vigilante who participated in the rescue of the Chairman told this medium that, the operatives of the Nigerian army quickly responded and laid ambush at the suspected bandits and fired many of them to death on arrival.

“When we reached a particular location we were suspecting them to cross the operatives of the Nigerian Army laid ambush and fired at their in-coming motorcycles and majority if not all of them were killed”.

A family source confirmed that, the politician later returned home after surviving the gunshot at one of his leg, which was as a result of the exchange of fire.

He is currently undergoing recovery of the injury he sustained while people, especially family members and political associates are paying sympathy visit to politicians.

Zamfara police spokesperson SP Shehu Muhammad who confirmed the incident said the police Tactical operatives after receiving distress calls that bandits were in the house of the Victim at Mareri, responded promptly and engaged them in a serious gun battle that aborted the plan of abduction of the wife and a daughter of the Victim (Aminu Papa).

He further stated that, the Commissioner of Police CP Ayuba N Elkanah has visited the victim at Yariman Bakura Specialist Hospital, Gusau where he is currently receiving treatment.

He added that, the Command has already commenced investigation into the circumstances of the incident with a view to arresting the Perpetrators of the dastardly act. Similarly, rigorous patrol and surveillance have been intensified at Mareri area, and it’s neighborhood outskirts.

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Zamfara state police command Ayuba Elkana has held an interfaith peace dialogue with the members of various religious groups across the state.

According to the Zamfara police spokesperson SP Shehu Muhammad the dialogue became a priority after the recent Sokoto blasphemous incident which resulted in the killing of Deborah Samuel a female student of Shehu Shagari College of Education.

In a remark during the meeting the state police commissioner Ayuba Elkana according to Shehu express appreciation to the religious leaders for working harder to ensure that there is no breakdown of law and order I’m the state as a result of the Sokoto incident.

Shehu further said, the CP encouraged them to continue to preach for peace and religious tolerance among their followers and also called on the parents and guardians to monitor their wards, especially their activities on the social media on the daily basis.

While assuring the leaders of the readiness of the police to always ensure security of lives and properties of the citizens, Shehu said he always warned them to desist from taking laws into their hands and urged them to intimate the security agencies for action.

Leaders of the various religious organizations thanked the CP for organizing the interface and assured him of their support and cooperation at all time.

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A pro-Governor Matawalle social media organization (Matawalle Media Crew) has organized a one-day interaction on how to use the social media platforms to raise more support for the Governor and his government.

The event took place at the conference hall of Jaiz Hotel Gusau and was well attended by hundreds of social media handlers from across the (14) local government areas of the state.

Some guest speakers at the event including Dr. Mikailu Barau, Dr. Aminu Lawal Tsafe and Dr. Anas Sani Anka expressed the need for the members of Matawalle social media crew to explore creativity, critical thinking, skill for effective communication as well as collaboration in the course of theirpractice.

They have also urged them to use their various social media platforms to influence the government in taking critical decisions that are good for the people, especially issue of WAEC/NECO.

They also warned the members not to be using social media to be creating hostility for the oppositions, noting that the recent reconciliation between former Governor Yari and Matawalle camp is good enough for all social media handlers in Zamfara to learn some lessons.

The Executive Secretary of ZAMCHEMA Dr. Abdulkadir Shinkafi stated that many of them who belongs to the category of youths within the government structure of Bello Matawalle are doing their best to continue to support initiative like that of Matawalle media crew with a view to promoting the government.

The Secretary of the crew Rufai (UB) explained that the motive behind organizing the interaction is to avail members of the crew the opportunity to get themselves more equipped with ideas and wisdom from the spokespersons considering their in-depth knowledge and years of experience.

Certificates of participation were issued to those that participated in the interactions and also goodwill messages were passed to the members and organizers of the event by some politicians and well wishers.

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Zamfara state chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has held its mini congresses for the election of local government, state and national delegates.

According to the statement by the party spokesperson in Zamfara Malam Yusuf Idris Gusau, the delegates that will emerge will take part in the Party’s primaries for the seats of the President, Governor, state and national assembly.

The delegates’ congress which took place at Aisha Memorial Conference, Hall, Maradun was attended by Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle, members of the National Committee of the party, INEC officials and security agencies under a peaceful atmosphere.

Idris further said the exercise held simultaneously in all the 14 local government areas of the state after the flagg-off in Maradun, the country home of Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle.

During the event, governor Matawalle stressed the need for peaceful coexistence, which he noted is responsible for the growth of the APC in the state.

He thanked the people of Zamfara for their support and prayers in ensuring the success of his administration, urging them to continue to support the APC and its candidates at all levels and assured that more dividends of democracy will continue to come their way.

In his welcome address, the state APC Chairman, Hon. Tukur Umar Danfulani expressed satisfaction and happiness especially with the unification of the party in the state.

He pledged to always carry all members along with fairness and justice as his guiding principles.

The chairman thanked all the stakeholders, especially the state’s party leader governor, Bello Mohammed Matawalle and the national leadership of the party for bringing together all leaders of the party as one big family and expressed confidence in the ability of the unity to sustain the chances of the party in the forthcoming 2023 elections.

In his remarks, Chairman and team leader of the Screening Committee deployed to Zamfara by the APC National Secretariat, Hon. Babagana Tijjani Banki said his team is overwhelmed by the support the APC is receiving in Zamfara.

He described the coming together of former governor Yari, former Senator Marafa and governor Matawalle as the best thing that happened to the APC at both the state and national levels in recent times, urging the stakeholders to consolidate on the feat.

The Committee Chairman, Hon. Babagana Tijjani Banki said all the 103 delegates from Maradun local government were elected on consensus by the APC Constitution.

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